Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Dance of the Chromosomes

The lab of Whitehead Institute Member David Page investigates how specialized cells in the ovaries or testes start a remarkable type of cell division called meiosis in order to form egg or sperm cells. In this image, the cells outlined in red in this mouse testis are organizing and dividing their strand-like chromosomes (green) during meiosis. 

Image by Mina Kojima/Whitehead Institute

COVID-19 Information

May 18, 2020

Click here to read Whitehead Institute's communications and resources regarding the COVID-19 outbreak


FEATURED


APRIL 7, 2020

BEYOND THE LAB BENCH: A LOOK AT THE TRADITIONS THAT MAKE WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE UNIQUE

Going the distance: running at Whitehead Institute


APRIL 1, 2020

INTRODUCTING BIONOOK

Whitehead Institute's new resource for students, parents, and teachers.


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January 28, 2020

VIDEO: Winter 2020 Research Highlights from Whitehead Institute

In this video, learn about new findings by researchers in the Young, Sabatini, Page, Weng, Jaenisch, and Bartel labs.


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February 26, 2020

MULTIMEDIA FEATURE: UNUSUAL LABMATES: Biology All-STARS

Discover how graduate student Zak Swartz in Whitehead Institute Member Iain Cheeseman's lab uses colorful bat stars to study how cells divide.


PODCAST

Head and shoulders shot of Sophia Xu with BioGenesis logo

APRIL 2, 2020

BioGenesis podcast: SOPHIA XU OF THE WENG LAB ON MODERN SCIENCE AND ANCIENT EASTERN HERBAL MEDICINE

BioGenesis Season 2 features stories of converging paths, starting with Sophia Xu, a graduate student in Jing-Ke Weng’s lab, whose research explores the convergence of modern scientific methods and ancient Eastern herbal remedies.

In the News

Six specimens of pressed plants

May 11, 2020

Multimedia Feature: Pollen Research Inspires Art

Research scientist Fu-shuang Li collects plant specimens for his research on pollen — and uses the extra specimens to create pollen and flower art. 

Tiny green HIV viruses surround a pink blood cell.

May 6, 2020

HIV genome bends over backwards to help virus take over cells

Differently shaped RNA molecules allow HIV to express different genes from the same RNA sequence

May 5, 2020

Making medicine runs in the family

A family of enzymes in plants plays an important role in the production of many medicines. Whitehead Institute researchers discovered how the enzymes in this family diversified to produce so many different molecules, and demonstrated how this knowledge could be used to engineer novel plant-based medicines.


JANUARY 16, 2020

PUTTING A FINGER ON THE SWITCH OF CHRONIC PARASITE INFECTION

Researchers at Whitehead Institute have discovered the master regulator necessary for the pervasive parasite Toxoplasma gondii to chronically infect its host. This finding provides important insights into the parasite’s biology and allows scientists in the laboratory to control if and when the parasite can differentiate into its chronic stage, which may inform research into prevention and treatment of infection.

Announcements

May 20, 2020

SARAH KEOHANE WILLIAMSON IS NAMED CHAIR OF WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Plus three new directors are announced: Susan Hockfield, Dennis Langer, and Churchill Franklin


May 18, 2020

Whitehead Fellow Kipp Weiskopf awarded grant to investigate treatments for COVID-19

Weiskopf will be studying how existing FDA-approved drugs could be repurposed to reduce the severity and mortality of the disease.


Harvey Lodish

MARCH 5, 2020

Founding Member Harvey Lodish Receives the Donald Metcalf Award for Research on Red Blood Cells

This highest award of the International Society for Experimental Hematology honors a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to basic science in the fields of hematology, immunology, stem cell research, and cell and gene therapy. 

Group photo of Brit d’Arbeloff and David Page (both seated) with Page lab postdoctoral fellow Adrianna San Roman (left) and Sahin Naqvi (rear), then a Page lab graduate student and now a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.

January 9, 2020

WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE RECEIVES $10 MILLION GIFT TO STUDY SEX CHROMOSOMES’ IMPACT ON WOMEN'S HEALTH AND DISEASE

The gift establishes the Brit Jepson d’Arbeloff Center on Women's Health within the Institute’s Sex Differences in Health and Disease Initiative.


Whitehead Institute Member Hazel Sive

DECEMBER 13, 2019

SIVE NAMED DEAN AT NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Whitehead Institute Member Hazel Sive, a globally respected developmental biologist and educator, will become Dean of the College of Science at Northeastern University, beginning in June 2020.


Whitehead Institute Director-Elect Ruth Lehmann

SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

RUTH LEHMANN ELECTED AS DIRECTOR OF WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE

Lehmann, a world renowned developmental and cell biology researcher, will be Whitehead Institute’s fifth Director.

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